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Executive Office,
Balboa Heights, C. Z., March 29. 1919.
Ctrcular No. 600-60:

The extracts from an Act of Congress quoted
below are published for the information of all
concerned.

Chester Harding,

Governor.



AN ACT Making appropriations for fortifica-
tions and other works of defense, for the
armament thereof, and for the procurement
of heavy ordnance for trial and service,
for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1920, and
for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre-
sentatives of the United Stales of America in
Congress assembled. That the following sums are
appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury
not otherwise appropriated, for fortifications and
other works of defense, for the armament thereof,
and for the procurement of heavy ordnance for
trial and service, for the fiscal year ending June
30, 1920, and for other purposes, to be available
immediately, namely:

FORTIFICATIONS AND OTHER WORKS
OF DEFENSE

engineer department.
*******
The sum of $1,250,000 of the unexpended
balance of the appropriation "For the i nstallation
and replacement of electric light and power plants
at seacoast fortifications in the United States;
the purchase and installation of searchlights for
seacoast defenses in the United States, including
searchlights for antiaircraft defenses and acces-
sories therefor; and the procurement and installa-
tion of sound ranging equipment for use in the
United States, the insular possessions, and the



Panama Canal, and for salaries of electrical
experts, engineers, and other employees necessary
to procure and install the same," shall be covered
into the Treasury immediately upon the approval
of this Act.

* * *****

PANAMA CANAL FORTIFICATIONS

For fortifications and armament thereof for
the Panama Canal:

For maintenance of clearings and trails, $30,000:

For protection, preservation, and repair of
fortifications, including structures erected for
torpedo defense, and for maintaining channels
for access to torpedo wharves, $25,000;

For maintenance and repair of searchlights and
electric light and power equipment for fortifica-
tions, and for tools, electrical and other supplies,
and appliances to be used in their operation,
S20.000;

For the construction of seacoast batteries,
$135,500;

For the purchase and installation of electric
light and power plants for the seascoat fortifica-
tions on the Canal Zone, $20,000;

For land defenses, Panama Canal, including
the procurement and installation of searchlights,
purchase of armored cars and locomotives, con-
struction of roads and surveys incidental thereto,
$14,000;

For reserve engineer equipment for the Panama
Canal, $7,500;

For operation and maintenance of fire-control
installations at seacoast defenses, $10,000;

For the alteration and maintenance of the sea-
coast artillery, including the purchase and manu-
facture of machinery, tools, and materials
necessary for the work, and expenses of civilian
mechanics, and extra-duty pay of enlisted me»
engaged thereon. S100.000;

The sum of $14,000 of the unexpended balance
of appropriations heretofore made "for the altera-
tion, maintenance, and repair of submarine mine
materiel. " for the Panama Canal shall be covered
into the Treasury immediately upon the approval
of this Act;

For the construction of barracks, quarters, and
other necessary buildings for the accommoda-
tion of two regiments of Infantry, including water
and sewer systems, roads, walks, and so forth,
$3,986,849;

For the construction of barracks, quarters,
and other necessary buildings for Coast Artillery
troops at Fort Sherman, including water and
sewer systems, roads, walks, and so forth,
$1 D.OOO";

No part of the two foregoing appropriations
shall be expended for the construction of officers'
quarters to cost in excess of the limits established
by the sundry civil appropriation Act. approved
June 25, 1910;

For the construction of a new wharf at Fort
Sherman. $35,000;

The Governor of the Panama Canal, so far at
the expenditure of appropriations contained i>
tlii s Act may be under his direction, shall purchase
needed materials, supplies, and equipment front
available surplus stocks of the War Department;

In all, specifically for fortifications and arma-
ment thereof for the Panama Canal, $4,523,849.

Sec. 2. That all material purchased under the
provisions of this Act shall be of American
manufacture, except in cases when, in the judg-
ment of the Secretary of War, it is to the manifest
interest of the United States to make purchase*
abroad, which material shall be admitted free
of duty.

Sec. 3. That except as expressly otherwise
authorized herein no part of the sums appropri-
ated by this Act shall be expended in the purchase
from private manufacturers of any material at



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a price in excess of 25 per centum more than the
cost of manufacturing such material by the
Government, or, where such material is not or has
not been manufactured by the Government, at
a price in excess of 25 per centum more than the
estimated cost of manufacture by the Govern-
ment: Provided, That whenever in the opinion
of the President the situation is such as to justify
such action he may waive the limitations con-
tained in this section.

Sec. 4. That expenditures for carrying out the
provisions of this Act shall not be made in such
manner as to prevent the operation of the Govern-
ment arsenals at their most economical rate of
production, except when a special exigency
required the operation of a portion of an arsenal's
equipment at a different rate: Provided, That
no part of the appropriations made in this Act
shall be available for the salary or pay of any
officer, manager, superintendent, foreman, or
other person having charge of the work of any
employee of the United States Government while
making or causing to be made with a stop watch
or other time-measuring device a time study of
any job of any such employee between the start-
ing and completion thereof . or of the movements
of any such employee while engaged upon such
work.

Sec. 5. That appropriations for fortifications
and other works of defense, for the armament
thereof, and for the procurement of heavy
ordnance for trial and service, heretofore made
in fortifications or sundry civil appropriation
Acts shall not be available for obligation after
June 30, 1920, and all unexpended balances of
such appropriations which remain upon the
books of the Treasury Department on June 30,
1921, shall be covered into the Treasury and
carried to the surplus fund.

Sec. 6. That estimates of appropriations for
fortifications and other works of defense, for
the armament thereof, and for the procurement
of heavy ordnance for trial and service shall be
submitted to Congress in the Book of Estimates
for the fiscal year 1921 and each fiscal year there-
after upon an annual basis. And section 5 of
the legislative, executive, and judicial appropria-
tion Act approved June 20, 1874, and section 7
of the sundry civil appropriation Act approved
August 24, 1912, so far as they except appropria-
tions for "fortifications" from the operations
thereof, are repealed.

*******

Sec. 8. That no part of the moneys appropria-
ted in each or any section of this Act shall be
used or expended for the purchase or acquire-
ment of any article or articles that at the time
of the proposed acquirement can be manufactured
or produced in each or any of the Government
arsenals of the United States for a sum less than
it can be purchased or procured otherwise.

Approved, March 3, 1919.



Act of Congress— Payment to Panama-
Relief and Protection of American Seamen.

The Panama Canal,.
Executive Office,
Balboa Heights, C. Z., March 29, 1919.
Circular No. 600-59:

The extracts from an Act of Congress quoted
below are published for the information of all
concerned.

Chester Harding,

Governor.



AN ACT Making appropriations for the Diplo-
matic and Consular Service for the fiscal
year ending June 30, 1920.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre-
sentatives of the United States of America in Con-
gress assembled, That the following sums be,
and they are hereby, severally appropriated, in
full compensation for the Diplomatic and Consular
Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1920,
out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise
appropriated . for the objects hereinafter ex-
pressed, namely:



PAYMENT TO THE GOVERNMENT OF

PANAMA.
To enable the Secretary of State to pay to the
Government of Panama the eighth annual pay-
ment due on February 26, 1920, from the Govern-
ment of the United States to the Government of
Panama under article 14 of the treaty of Novem-
ber 18, 1903, $250,000.

*******

RELIEF AND PROTECTION OF AMERI-
CAN SEAMEN.
Relief and protection of American seamem in
foreign countries and in the Panama Canal Zone,
and shipwrecked American seamen in the Ter-
ritory oi Alaska, in the Hawaiian Islands, Porto
Rico, and tne Philippine Islands, $100,000.
*******

Approved, March 4, 1919.



Appointment.

The Panama Canal,
Executive Office.
Balboa Hi ights, C. Z„ March 31. 1919.
Circular No. 661-74:

Effective this date, Col. Henry Clay Fisher,
Medical Corps, U. S. A., is appointed Chief Health
Officer, vice Lieut. Col. Arthur T. McCormack,
Medical Reserve Corps, U. S. A., relieved from
duty with The Panama Canal.

Chester Harding.
Governor.



Acting as Paymaster.

The Panama Canal,
Executive Office.
Balboa Heights, C. Z., March 31, 1919.
Heads of Departments and Divisions:

Effective April 1, 1919, Mr. R. W. Glaw is
designated Paymaster, The Panama Canal, and
will serve during the absence of Mr. J. H.
McLean.

Chester Harding,

Governor.



Overtime for Laborers.

The Panama Canal,
Executive Office,
Balboa Heights, C. Z., April 1, 1919.
Heads of Departments and Divisions:

Attention is invited to the provisions of sections
1 1 and 1 2 of the Executive Order of February 2,
1914 (Panama Canal Circular No. 601-4), read-
ing as follows:

Sec. 11. Employees whose salaries are fixed
on a monthly or annual basis will receive no
pay for overtime work.

Sec. 12. Employees above the grade of laborer,
appointed with rates of pay per hour, or per day,
will not be employed over eight hours in any one
calendar day, except in case of emergency.
The time such employees work over eight
hours in one calendar day, and time worked
on Sundays and regularly authorized holidays,
including January 1, February 22, May 30,
July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and
December 25, shall be considered overtime for
which time and one-half will be allowed. Such
employees who work on the days prior and sub-
sequent to the holidays specifically named above
will be allowed their regular pay for eight hours
for such days, in addition to pay for any work
performed.

The term "laborer" as quoted above was
interpreted by Circular No. 603-5 so as to include
within the grade all alien hourly employees
receiving 40 cents or less per hour, overtime to
such laborers being payable only after 10 hours'
service in each day.

Please see that the above provisions are strictly
complied with by foremen and timekeepers under
your supervision.

Chester Harding,

Govern f.



THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



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Time Allowed in Connection with Adminis-
tration of Estates.

Thk Panama Canal.
Executive Office,
Balboa Heights, C. Z., .March 27, 1919.
Circular No. 602-21:

When an employee of The Panama Canal or
of the Panama Railroad Company is called upon
to appear before the Administrator of Estates
to give information or otherwise assist in the
administration of estates oi deceased or insane
employees, he shall be allowed his usual com-
pensation for the time lost from work on his
regular payroll in the same manner as if present
and performing his ordinary duties. A certifi-
jhowing the time the employee is actually
in attendance will be issued by the Administrator
of Estates. In other respects the same procedure
will be followed as is prescribed for employees
Selected for jury duty or summoned as witnesses
in criminal cases.

Chester Harding,

Governor.



Drawing Nonexpendable Property from
Commissaries.

The Panama Canal,
Executive Office.
Balboa Heights, C. Z., March 31, 1919.
Circular No. 656-13:

1. Effective this date, items of nonexpendable
property such as table linen, kitchen and table-
ware, cooking utensils, china, glassware, etc., not
usually carried in stock in Panama Canal store-
houses, may be drawn from local commissaries
on nonexpendable foreman's orders approved
by heads of departments and divisions or signed
by certain authorized employees.

2. The commissary storekeeper will deliver
the items called for, and will prepare the neces-
sary invoices. The original and one copy of
the invoice will be sent to the commissary
accountant with the daily report of invoices
issued.

3. The original and duplicate of the foreman's
order will be attached to the original invoice, and
the triplicate will be sent to the accountable
official.

4. When foreman's orders are received by the
commissary accountant, the duplicate copy will
be transmitted to the property inspection section,
for property accounting.

5. The provisions of paragraph 14 of Circular
No. 656-1 are modified to the extent that the
purchasing agent on the Isthmus will not issue
invoices to cover items of nonexpendable prop-
erty drawn from commissary stores on fore-
man's orders. Purchase vouchers covering such
itfems will be accomplished and approved by the
Chief Quartermaster, or by his direction.

6. Circular No. 656-5, dated October 12, 1914,
is hereby revoked.

Chester Harding,

Governor.



Bonus for Discharged Soldiers.
The Panama Canal,
Executive Office,
Balboa Heights, C. Z., April 1, 1919.

All concerned — Under the provisions of Section
1406 of the Revenue Act of 1918, approved
February 24, 1919, all persons who have been
honorably discharged from the military or naval
forces of the United States since April 6, 1917,
with certain minor exceptions, are entitled to
receive a bonus of $60 in addition to all other
amounts due them at time of discharge.

The only evidence required from officers and
enlisted men discharged from the Army is the
discharge certificate, or other paper bearitig
indorsement of final payment. Certified copies
of discharge certificates may be secured from
recruiting officers, if the holder does not desire
to forward the original certificate to Washington.
Discharged soldiers may obtain assistance in the
preparation of their claims at the Adjutant's



office, Fort de Lesseps (office hours, 8 a. m. to
12 noon, and 1 to 4 p. in), or at Panama Canal
Department Headquarters, Ancon [office hours,
8 a. m. to 12 noon, and 1.30 to 4 p. m.), which-
ever is most convenient. If desired, applications
may be made direct to the Zone Finance Officer,
Lemon Building, Washington, I). < . and must
contain the discharge certificate Cor certified

or order for discharge or relief, the paper
bearing indorsement of final being

required; a statement ol all military service

Mjt] (>, 1017, showing plac- and date of

ting at first military station; and address

to which check is t<> be sent. When settlement

is made, all personal papers will be returned to

t;it with check.
In the case of persons discharged From the Navy,
or ordered to inactive duty (Naval R
Force), darn anl 9 sin 11 I rect to the

Disbursing Officer, Bureau of Supplies and
Accounts. Navy Departn ent, Washington, D. C.
Enlisted men should submit discharge certificate
and officers a copy of their orders.

Chester Harding,

.nor.



Credit Circular No. 1.

The Panama Canal,
Panama Railroad Company.
Accounting Departmi
Balboa Heights. C. Z.. March 8, 1919.
To all concerned — 1. In accordance with the
rule approved by the Governor that supplies
shall not be furnished nor services rendered by
The Panama Canal or Panama Railroad Com-
pany for any individual, company, or organiza-
tion on credit unless authority therefor is issued
by the Auditor of The Panama Canal, the follow-
ing general instructions arc published to accom-
pany a list of those entitled to credit:

2. A series of circulars and bulletins will be
issued from this office, giving information which
is essential to the stores furnishing supplies and
the departments performing services. a< v

to the individuals and organizations obtaining
supplies or services.

3. Credit Circular No. 1 contains a list of all
individuals, companies, and organizations on the
Isthmus that are entitled to purchase SU]

or secure services on credit from The Panama
Canal and Panama Railroad Company. It
also includes a list of those who have made a
permanent deposit to secure the payment of
monthly bills as rendered. Additions to or can-
cellations of names appearing in the circular
will be made by numbered bulletins; viz:
Credit Bulletin Xo. 1. 2. 3. etc. Bulletins
affecting other interests than the commissary
will bear an additional series of numbers from
one (1) up under the designation of "General
Series," so that these other interests may know
they have received all bulletins affecting credit
they may give. Revised circulars will be pre-
pared as occasion may require, numbered 1-1,
1-2. etc.

4. Credit Circular No. 2 will contain specific
instructions in regard to the selling of supplies
and the rendition of services to vessels of the
United States Navy and the Transport Service
of the United States Army transiting the Canal
or occasionally touching at the terminal posts,
the rendition of invoices and bills covering such
supplies and services, and the collection of the
accounts.

5. Credit Circular No. 3 will contain general
instructions in regard to the rendition of bills
and the payment of accounts.

6. Other circulars will be issued as occasion
may require.

7. Sales of supplies to and the rendition of
services for individuals, companies, and organiza-
tions other than those listed in this circular and
bulletins hereafter issued must not be made unless
payment therefor is made immediately or unless
the amount of the bill is a charge against a
deposit made with the Collector of The Panama
Canal. Balboa Heights, or other authorized
representative of The Panama Canal.



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THE PANAMA CANAL RECORD



8. Orders or requisitions, invoices and bills
must be made in exact accordance with the titles
used in the attached list.

9. Orders placed in the name of an organiza-
tion must give the name in strict accordance with
this circular and the party filling the order must
verify the fact that the one giving the order is
an authorized representative of the organization.
Orders mustbeinwriting, signed by an authorized
representative of the organization.

10. The designation opposite each name or
title in the attached list indicates the extent to
which credit may be allowed. "Canal, commis-
sary, and railroad" indicates that supplies may
be purchased and services may be obtained on
credit from any department or division of The
Panama Canal and Panama Railroad Company,
including freight transportation which is to be
settled for on monthly bill. "Canal and com-
missary" indicates that supplies may be pur-
chased from the Canal and commissary store-
houses and laundries and that minor services and
supplies of a limited value (about $100.) may be
obtained from The Panama Canal. "Com-
missary" indicates that supplies and laundry
services only may be obtained from the Panama
Canal commissaries. "Freight" indicates that
settlement for freight transportation may be
made on monthly bill. The specifying of a
particular commissary, laundry, or store, and
the fixing ot a certain amount limit the credit
accordingly.

11. Any individual or organization ordering
supplies or requesting services, including laundry
services, by placing a requisition or, in the case
of laundry, forwarding same to one of the laun-
dries, will be considered as having accepted the
conditions stated in these regulations and must
assume full responsibility for the payment
immediately upon rendition, of the amount of the
bill for supplies furnished or services performed.

12. All bills must be paid promptly upon
rendition and in no case will they be permitted
to run beyond the end of the month in which
rendered. If errors are found in a bill, it should
be paid preferably as rendered and request made
on the Auditor for adjustment in the following
month's account or the bill may be immediately
returned to the Auditor for correction.

13. The bill of any officer or employee of The
Panama Canal or Panama Railroad Company,
who fails to make payment of same on or before
the 25th of the month in which rendered, will
be forthwith forwarded for pay roll deduction.

14. If any individual or organization fails to
make payment of hills, the credit privilege will
be forfeited.

, 15 Until further instructions are issued, no
chance will be made in the present practice of
furnishing electric current and water to interests
in tin- Canal Zone now receiving same.

H. A A. Smith,
Auditor, The Panama Canal.
Approved:

Chrstbr Harding.

Governor.



Credit Circular No. 2.



The Panama Canal,
Panama Railroad Company,
Accounting Department,
Balboa Heights, C. Z., March 8. 1919.

1. The information and instructions contained
in this circular are published for the special
benefit of Paymasters and Supply Officers of the
United States Navy and of officers of the Trans-
port Service of the United States Army who
occasionally touch at the terminal ports or transit
the Canal.

2. Panama Canal storehouses and facilities
are operated through two general organizations:
1st. The Panama Canal, a United States Govern-
ment organization; and 2d. The Panama Rail-
road Company, a corporation all the stock of
which is owned by the United States and the
operations of which on the Isthmus are managed
by Tlu Panama Canal.



3. The Panama Canal furnishes all services
directly connected with the transit of the Canal;
that is, the necessary pilotage, tug and launch
service. It also furnishes water, supplies from
the general storehouses, such as fuel oil and other
oils, gasoline, waste, rope and other ship chandlery
stores, etc., and does all work of repairing vessels
either through the Mechanical or the Electrical
Divisions of The Panama Canal.

4. Services and supplies furnished by The
Panama Canal, such as pilotage, tug and launch
services, fuel oil, water, general supplies, and
repairs, may be settled by transfer of appropria-
tion where public funds of the United States are
chargeable with the expense, unless the Pay-
master or Supply Officer is authorized to pay by
voucher, in which case check should be forwarded
to the Collector before the vessel leaves Canal
Zone waters.

5. The docks, coaling plants, and commissaries
are operated through the Panama Railroad
Company, and all supplies purchased from or
services rendered by these organizations must be
paid for in cash or properly authenticated check
before the vessel leaves Canal Zone waters.
Panama Railroad bills will include the following
items:

(a) Commissary purchases of all kinds, the
principal items being ice, groceries, cold storage,
dry goods, and laundry. These items sold by
the Commissary Department may be ordered for
delivery at Cristobal, Gatun, Pedro Miguel, or
Balboa.

(b) Coal, stevedoring, wharfage at Cristobal,
charges for garbage and ash lighters, switching
and local freight charges.

6. The bills for supplies or services furnished
by the Panama Railroad Company carry proper
nonpayment certificate so that checks may be
drawn to cover before the voucher is stated. All
bills are obtainable at the office of the Collector
in the Administration Building. Balboa Heights,
(telephone Balboa 21), or at the office of the
Deputy Collector in the Terminal Building,
Cristobal (telephone Cristobal 110).

7. Supplies for private or cooperative messes
or canteens will not be sold on credit but may
be purchased al the commissaries on cash sale
card: or where only a small quantity of supplies
is bought, the most satisfactory method of
handling is through the purchase of commissary
coupon books.

8. On sales to Naval war vessels and Army
transports, a surchaige of 10 per cent is added
to the invoice price on material and supplies sold
(rom the Panama Canal storehouses, and 15
per cent to list price of all goods (except meats)
sold from the commissaries. On meats, a sur-



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